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| Sample Investigation Grades 1–2
Sample Investigation Grades 3–4
Sample Investigation Grades 5–6
More than 200 tasks grouped by content strands reflect the ideals of NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and Curriculum Focal Points, while 60 reproducible investigations address more than one content strand and are true problem-solving applications of mathematical skills, procedures, and reasoning. The tasks can generally be completed within a short period of time, and the investigations are designed to be explored over a longer time period.
Pat Lilburn holds a Master’s degree in Education (Mathematics Learning) and has more than 20 years of experience as a university lecturer and classroom teacher in mathematics education. She has more than 150 math titles published internationally, including Good Questions for Math Teaching, Grades K–6, published by Math Solutions.
Alex Ciurak holds a Master’s degree in Education (Mathematics Learning) and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She has run many teacher developmental programs in mathematics learning and has authored and coauthored many primary mathematics textbooks.
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by Pat Lilburn and Alex Ciurak
Review by Terry D. Rose, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina from Teaching Children Mathematics, by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
Reprinted with permission from Teaching Children Mathematics. March 2012
This practical, well-organized resource for teachers of grades 1–6 has high-quality, open-ended, nonroutine tasks as well as investigations and rubrics to accompany them. The tasks and investigations are appropriate for students to discuss or write about in mathematics journals and lend themselves to multiple solution paths. They are also the type that help with differentiating instruction. Most students in the grade level stated will be able to tackle the tasks and determine a solution, although at different levels of sophistication. Some student samples are included, which are helpful examples of student thinking and give guidance in using the rubrics. Unfortunately, the tasks are heavy in the area of number sense. Also, after use with students, one noteworthy observation is that some first and second graders, although capable of determining a solution to some of the tasks, were unable to read and understand the parameters of the task without assistance.
I recommend the product to teachers of grades 1–6 who are looking for a resource to help engage students in worthwhile, thought-provoking tasks and investigations.